Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style

Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style


By (author) Muhammad Abdel Haleem


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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 24mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845117891
  • ISBN 13: 9781845117894
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 52,252

Product description

The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this important new introduction, Muhammad Haleem examines its recurrent themes - life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, water and nourishment - and for the first time sets these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Professor Haleem examines the background to the development of the surahs (chapters) and the ayahs (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an.

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Author information

Muhammad Abdel Haleemis King Fahd Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His major new English translation of the Qur'an, with parallel Arabic text, was published in 2010.

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'Has a breadth of reading and attention to style that readers will welcome ... Articulately presents ways in which contemporary Muslims understand their scriptures.' - Choice; 'Understanding the Qur'an is a priceless book, and I use it enthusiastically for my classes. For many of my students, Muhammad Abdel Haleem's introduction is their first contact with Qur'an interpretation, so it is really important to be able to assign them such an excellent piece of scholarship that is so easily readable and accessible.' - Natana J. DeLong-Bas, Lecturer in Theology, Boston College, and Visiting Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Brandeis University